Welcome to Geography.

Not only do we love Geography inside the classroom but outside as well. Here are a few of the things we get up to, investigating Geography every day. From field visits, Geography club to holidays.

Remember, you don't have to look far to experience geography. Get out there and explore!

Best wishes, The Geography team


Head of Department: Miss V. Lee


The intent of the Holy Family Geography department is to develop students' awareness of the world around them and inspire pupils to make a difference. We want our students to appreciate their natural environment and to take some responsibility for our geographical futures. As a department, we seek to equip our pupils with the necessary skills and tools to prepare them for life after Holy Family.

Overview by Term


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term



My Liverpool Home

World Development


(Brilliant Britain)


(Brilliant Britain)




You are what you eat





Fascinating Places

Risky Places

Are we running out?

Crime and Conflict



Global fashion


Climate change


**Key Geography**

The Living world

The Living World

Tectonic Hazards

Tectonic Hazards

Geographical skills



Urban issues and challenges

Urban issues and challenges

Liverpool urban study & fieldwork

Rivers and coasts

Rivers and coasts

(River Tees fieldwork optional)

Ainsdale sand dune investigation


Changing economic world

Changing economic world

Resource management

Paper 3 DME



The KS3 course builds upon the foundations of KS2, the aim is to develop students skills learned, widening their geography knowledge. By the end of KS3, we want pupils to be confident young people who have a detailed understanding of the world, how it has been formed, and current issues and developments. At KS3 students enjoy a wide range of topics: extreme weather, populations, coastal erosion and world ecosystems. The KS3 curriculum is developed to allow progression and create detailed knowledge and understanding that prepares students adequately for GCSE. Topics are a mixture of geographical themes and places and aim to meet all the expectations of the KS3 national curriculum.


Assessment across KS3 includes one at the end of each themed topics. Each year, 3 assessments are in the form of timed assessments, comprising a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended answer which are designed to allow access to the assessment for all ability ranges. In Y7, one assessment is a geographical investigation designed to improve fieldwork and data analysis skills as specified in the national curriculum. In Y8, one assessment is a decision making assessment that gives pupils a chance to develop clearly constructed arguments about a local issue.

There is a strong local context throughout our curriculum including:

  1. Skills topic at the start of Y7 focussing on the local area and NW.
  2. Coastlines in Y7 topic 3 which looks at erosion in Southport and Crosby and the risks of coastal flooding.
  3. Fracking in Y8 which looks at Formby and the Altcar site.
  4. Study of Manchester and Liverpool and the changes (redevelopment) that has taken place.


Pupils at KS3 are given a variety of tasks to enable all students to engage with at home learning.  Some topics have differentiated menus where each pupil is able to challenge themselves and pick homework from a wide range of choices and challenge levels.  Each activity is directly linked to a lesson, further enhancing their learning. Some topics have a project based homework such as World Ecosystems, where each week pupils must use what they have learnt in the lesson to directly apply to another world biome of their choice.  Challenge tasks are set each week beyond the normal homework. Finally, some topics require weekly homework to support learning such as exam-style practice questions using structure strips in preparation for assessments.

Geography - Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Geography is an exciting and diverse subject to study at GCSE, not least because it lends itself to a wide variety of careers including, environmental professions, city planning, renewable energy, economics, flood protection and prevention, travel and tourism. At GCSE pupils follow the AQA specification, a course that is relevant and engaging. The AQA course allows pupils to study topics that have proven to be interesting and topical to them, such as world natural hazards as well as more local issues such as re-development and changes within Liverpool and the local area.

The AQA course that we have chosen helps put students on the path to becoming geography specialists by giving them skills and knowledge relevant to the modern age. The qualification covers a mixture of both physical and human geography as well as current issues and enquiry. Topics covered are:

  • The challenge of natural hazards
  • Ecosystems, Tropical rainforests and cold environments
  • UK landscapes: rivers and coasts
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • The changing economic world
  • The challenge of resources: energy
  • Geographical application: fieldwork and issues evaluation

The optional topics chosen at GCSE for our pupils are coasts and energy for the following reasons:

  1. The school is located in a coastal location (Sefton) so the topic is directly relevant to our students.
  2. Access for all pupils to local fieldwork.
  3. Our local area and the north-west has been the subject of two fracking applications and there are local energy issues.
  4. There are ample opportunities very close to our school to develop fieldwork skills.

Finally, choosing AQA means that pupils have the opportunity to complete an issues evaluation exam. This exam focuses on pupils' ability to make decisions and develop coherent arguments to support their points (something pupils at Holy Family are good at).  This specification also has fieldwork as an integral part of the course. Students will complete a minimum of two days of fieldwork in contrasting local locations. This opportunity gives students a chance to develop their local geography, and their ability to collect, analyse and manipulate numerical data.

The table below shows how the course is assessed:

Which part of the GCSE? What does this involve?   When? What percentage of the course?  
Paper 1 All questions in this exam will relate to physical geography. You will be asked a mixture of data   response questions and using case studies


Year 11

Paper 2 All questions in this exam will relate to human geography. You will be asked a mixture of data response questions and using case studies.


Year 11




Two pieces of fieldwork completed in Y10 and Y11.   You will be questioned on your fieldwork. You will also be given a current issue to investigate and learn about e.g. building 400 new homes on the island of   Anglesey. You will be asked to evaluate the pros and cons of any development or issue.


Year 10


Geography club each Monday Years 7-9

Local fieldwork in and around the school Years 7/8

Zoo school as part of Year 8 World Ecosystems topic.

Fieldwork for Year 9- Salford Quays/Media centre

Fieldwork for Year 10 to Liverpool

Fieldwork for Year 11 to Ainsdale, Crosby

Useful Links

The following websites are useful to all pupils studying geography. You can either have a general look through them or use them when you have been set a specific piece of work by your teacher.

www.geography.org.uk/ This is the UK's geographical association website. It contains lots of good articles,   information and advice on choosing geography as a GCSE and A level subject and it tells you how geography can help you in future careers.
www.rgs.org/ This is the home of the royal geographical society. Again they have information on geography as an option choice. They have maps and up to date geography in the news information.
www.geographyalltheway.com This is a useful website as it has some general geography information and then it is broken down into a section for each year group with different topics for each group.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ This website has fact files on every country in the world. It includes maps, flag and facts about the social, economic and environmental factors of each country.
www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/ This website is broken down into KS3 and GCSE sections and it has interactive sections and a   gallery of images.
www.gatm.org.uk This website has short movie clips on various geography topics. These could be helpful for your homework or for revision.
www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ Useful for information when studying weather and climate.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ This is useful for both pupils at KS3 and GCSE when they are studying for assessments and exams.  Just go the homepage and search for the relevant topics.
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/met-office-for-schools/resources-for-11-14 Another useful website for weather and climate information. This includes lots of case studies that we cover in class.


Lots of good information on trade and aid and real-life stories.
http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/ This site has lots of work on improving your map skills and interactive games
www.zoopla.co.uk/ This site can be used to find data on particular areas and places.
http://geography-site.co.uk/pages/links.html This site has lots of links to different topics.
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm This is a good site for general facts and atlas work.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ A good selection of short videos on a variety of topics.